Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer - High Point Brewing Company
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4.2/5 rDev +12.3%
Available locally and often, we'll serve this in a traditional hefeweizen glass at just over fridge temperature. Best by January '08.
Appearance- Light to medium gold, this pours rather clearly, with a two-finger white head that dissipates faster than most other beers of this style. With the yeast addition, the cloudiness seems much more minimal than usual.
Smell- Spot on and appetizing, the wonderful nose of bananas and bubble gum with clove fills the air. It remains strong and balanced throughout the tasting.
Taste- A delectable balance of banana, wheat malt, and smooth, spicy yeast and hops. Beautifully executed, these soft flavors don't exhaust the palate.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft, slick, and rolling in the mouth. The gentle carbonation sustains the entire duration, as easy and enjoyable as anything I've had. A first rate domestic hefeweizen, and a must try for any fans of the style.
08-29-2008 03:09:27 | More by yelterdow
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
Hefeweizen, you say? Tastes more like a plain old wheat beer to me so I am reviewing it that way.
Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head and little to no lacing. Nose and taste both strong on lemon with a little bit of grainy wheat behind. Mouthfeel is light with a bit of lemon that lingers longer than I would prefer. Perfectly drinkable and ok.
08-24-2008 21:55:07 | More by sholland119
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
O.K. first off the pour was hazy orange with a decent head that fizzled out quick. The second thing was I did not like the aroma on this beer. It smelled a bit skunky and the company website lists cloves and apples as part of the aroma. I did detect some sour granny apple notes,but mostly some malts and a bit of wheat.
The taste was a lot better. Wheat,citrus and yeast notes. Some malts,cloves and a touch of hops.
The feel was smooth and a tad creamy. Very clean and a pleasure to drink.
Notes: My only complaint was the aroma and that was all,the rest proved to be a worthy experience.
08-13-2008 16:34:44 | More by Lexluthor33
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
Thanks to fishingnet for this one.
A: Pours a light yellow hue with tons of bubbles. Avgerage head and retention.
S: Light wheat aromas with hints of banana and yeast.
T: Same as the nose with the addition of a splash of citrus.
M: Nice and light, very tasty.
D: Enjoyable on this hot Florida evening.
08-02-2008 18:53:55 | More by tpd975
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
I forgot to review this after going to Long Island Spring Craft festival. I did their Octoberfest but my favorite, thier heffe notes were on the back page(so glad i kept them).
A: Poured into mini heff glass, a hazy yellow with a beaufitul two fingers white head with slow lacing down the side of the glass and an understated retention.
S: Nose was of smart sweet banana, along with malt, toasted wheat, yeasts and citrus(lemon peels) coming in at the end.
T: To some extent it followed the nose, with the yeasty being the most prominent components. Think i may have detected some pear beyond the banana in the esters and some buscuit malts. Tettnang hops easily noticeable.
M: Smooth and creamy at first, perhaps this batch was special for the festival as I've seen other reviews that did not match my findings. Crisp 2nd and then going dry, a new one for me.
D: I enjoyed this one very much. While not the most pungent of Heffe's in the category, it's nothing short of remarkable for a NYC Metro area creation.
07-24-2008 17:27:38 | More by Brianmerrilyn
3.33/5 rDev -11%
A: Poured a beautiful bright orange, that was non-transparent with a fizzy quickly dissipating head that left no lacing and only a bare surface.
S: The nose yielded spicy oranges and wheat with a decent yeastiness.
T: much the same and pretty basic, spicy, sour oranges and a touch of yeastiness with some lemony tartness. Overall a simple, safe entry by style that I soon grew tired of after only a few sips.
M: light, very smooth with a slight carbonation tingle bringing out the sour oranges.
D: Ok drinkability wouldn't buy a six pack of this, but ok for a single purchase.
07-04-2008 11:26:10 | More by beerthulhu
4.08/5 rDev +9.1%
Pours golden straw very little head that disapates quckly leaving very little lacing. Smells tangy slightly lemon and clove--less banana on this one than others
i've tried. Slightly tart pear/lemon taste with good clove and a buscuit finish. Very tart with every sip but overall clean and bright. Good for drinking on a hot summer day. The tart bite with each sip takes away from the drinkability and mouthfeel slightly--left a sting in the back of my throat. But the flavor is very nice making this one I'll reach for again.
06-30-2008 06:27:47 | More by LunaChick
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
This beer poured a light, slightly cloudy yellow with a thin white head. Aroma was a sweet blend of fruits (banana, lemon) and sugars. Some hints of spices as well.
Wheaty, bread-like flavor comes through initially, with strong banana esters that went nicely with the strawberries I was eating. Spices were somewhat reserved. Minor hop presence, as well as a citrusy aftertaste. Mouthfeel was thin and carbonated. Overall a pretty good hefeweizen, not quite as full flavored as you may expect though.
06-25-2008 19:13:55 | More by BBM
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
Got a pint of this at the Cloverleaf.
A: Pours a golden brown body with a nice, white head with low retention but decent lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: A sweet, malty smell with some banana esters being evident. A little metallic smell, similar to the Platinum, but not as evident.
T: A smooth, sweet malty taste with some banana esters to balance. Esters were more evident in the aftertaste.
M: A smooth, silky mouthfeel that felt a little light, but nice nonetheless. Definitely a crisp and refreshing brew.
D: A fairly drinkable beer. Nice combination of mouthfeel and taste makes this a formidable Wheat beer.
06-05-2008 21:36:52 | More by maddogruss
2.9/5 rDev -22.5%
A - Pours a nice cloudy gold in color. Head was minimal and gone very quickly. Not much lace leftover in the glass.
S - Wheat is the primary aroma and the first thing to get through to the nose. Honey and some spiciness show up midway. A small amount of banana is on the tail end and gets a little hard to pick out.
T - Wheat is strong in the flavor as well. Sharp spice has a nice showing in the flavor. Fruitiness is easier to pick out (banana and lemon). Alcohol finishes up the flavor but remains mild.
M - Medium bodied with poor carbonation levels. The carbonation is just wrong for this style of beer.
D - Drinkability is average at best. It shows promise but the lack of carbonation makes it a wheat beer that is hard to drink. Not something I would seek out agian.
05-19-2008 02:28:44 | More by csmiley
3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
A: Typical hazy straw color with a thin white head... fades and leaves some lacing...
S: Wheat, yeast and spice... in roughly equally non-describable amounts...
T: The wheat base is prominent... clove, banana and lemon-citrus lends some accent...
M: Crisp. Dry. With a moderate to light body...
D: Much better on a summer day... this wasn't all that bad, other choices in the category just out class it...
03-06-2008 21:41:54 | More by callmemickey
3.18/5 rDev -15%
12 oz. bottle that has a plain and simple yellow and blue label that has the name of the beer in big blue letters, their weird symbol, and a brief sentence about this beer. The far right of the label is where they keep the US government warning and to the far left is where they keep their address, barcode, best before month, proper storing temp and the best serving temp.
When poured into a Weizen glass, this Ramstein is a hazy bright and shiny lemon yellow color. It had the usual Hefeweizen 2+ inch head of fluffy white foam. This one had OK retention that left behind a small white film and spots of white lace. It had a nice little aroma of malted wheat, banana, cloves, and a touch of lemon zest. Sometimes in the aroma, the malted smelled burnt. The burnt wheat came and went as it chose. The taste was mostly the malted wheat with cloves, subtle banana, yeast, and a with a tiny pinch of lemon zest in the back. The mouthfeel was light and crispy that contained a solid aftertaste of malted wheat. Overall, I can't see why not this beer wouldn't make a nice choice for a Hefeweizen session beer. I enjoyed my first experience with the High Point Brewery.
03-04-2008 17:37:58 | More by AltBock
3.25/5 rDev -13.1%
After some guy at my local store pleaded with me to try this beer I decided I would. This beer poured a watered down straw yellow color with little carbonation and a paper thin head. Smelled of lemo and bubblegum. Taste was bland and boring. Freshness date said good until june, so that wasn't the issue. Taste was of coriander, wheat, and fruit but that's it. This was light and watery and not too enjoyable. I will not be loking for this again.
02-10-2008 20:06:23 | More by DavidSeanNJ
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
After being rather dissapointed by the classic version of the Ramstein offering, my expectations weren't too high for this blonde Hefe... Wasn't too impressed with the appearance, looked like applejuice and poured with no head, but the smell was decent and the taste wasn't bad... Wouldn't be my first choice, but a good, solid brew nonetheless... This drink really scores for its easy drinkability... The taste is a typical hefe, with a pronounced wheat flavor and citrus lingering... Definitely a good summer beer, but since I enjoy this style year 'round, wouldn't mind downing one of these anytime... Better out there, but certainly worth a try...
11-17-2007 23:08:56 | More by dsa7783
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
Had a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern in Allentown, PA. This is basically a lighter hefeweizen (being blonde and all). That being the case and taking this beer what it is - it's good. The weizen yeast dominates the flavor with a smooth, slightly creamy and fruity spice on top of a light, but sweet wheat (I got just a hint of sourdough once) and barley.Overall, quite a nice beer for the summer. Try one before the cold drives you to darker ales.
08-15-2007 12:09:31 | More by tempest
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.
Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is yeasty, malty, banannas, clove, and grassy. The taste is malty, yeasty, nice touch of clove. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty Hefe, glad to have had a chance to try it, thanks Bill.
08-14-2007 02:14:25 | More by Wasatch
4/5 rDev +7%
Picked up a single in Buffalo.
Pours a clear golden, thick white head forms, drops down to a thin layer, nice thick ring, few lace spots. Smell is spicy, lots of banana/clove, yeast, bit of bread, caramel, sweet sugar, very clean and pleasant. Taste is clovey, banana/vanilla middle, touch of caramel, fruity spice finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Nice beer, I like the High Point brews I've had.
06-28-2007 03:39:12 | More by Viggo
3.2/5 rDev -14.4%
I had two bottles of this while making a dinner of Tilapia as I was looking forward the hefeweizen taste. The cloudy orange yellow had nothing dramatic in its appearence with no frothy head, even when I poured directly in. It smelled good with bananas and vanilla, but the first taste was nothing special. I was taken aback as I was expecting much greater things. The taste was similar to the smell but it lacked content or any muscle in both bottles.
I will try this again in the future, but I will try another source.
05-07-2007 01:12:17 | More by bonbright7
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
This ours from 12oz bottle(best by Aug 2007) a cloudy straw colour with a very small head of foam that dissipates completely after a very short time with no lacing.
The smell has a wheat nose with some citrus and spice.
The taste on first sip has a nice burst of banana and clove followed by wheat and yeast. Another sip and there's some tartness, no actually, a lot of tartness...very lemony. That's something that would work quite well in the hot summer days of Casper, no doubt.
The mouthfeel is good for the style, the carbonation is light. and the finish ends up with the banana that I noted on the first sip. Solid. Good. Tasty.
Bottom line: This would be a good thirst quecher for the summer season and I thank jwc215 for including this one in our trade!
04-29-2007 15:39:21 | More by Bitterbill
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours a cloudy yellow. Thin white head, not much retention, but a decent lacing. Smell is of clove, bananna, with a hint of candy,and spice. Body is light,with some carbionation. Taste is of candy,and fruit. Nice bubble gum finish. Good stuff. Recommended.
04-01-2007 00:32:29 | More by riversider76
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
Poured into a weizen glass a hazed light yellow with some peach-like hue a large fluffy,clingy white head that settles very slowly leaving a globs of lace behind.First off I detected alot of smoke near rauch beer like really with notes of toasted grain and clove,flavors are very wheaty with a touch of odd funk and clove not much citrus going on.Cereal-like on the palate and refreshing but still a little odd but its still a solid American wheat beer.
03-23-2007 02:17:26 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
Acquired via trade from BillyB, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.
A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of lemon, wheat clove spice, banana & yeast.
T: The bready wheat & yeast flavors are heavily in the forefront of this beer as you would expect from this style and especially from brewer with “wheat” in their name. There are some flavors of lemon, banana & spice in the background. The after-taste consists of wheat & lemon.
M: Very smooth and very crisp, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean finish.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, it’s quite refreshing, light and an excellent representation of the style. This one is well-worth sticking with if you’re looking for something easy.
12-23-2006 03:50:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.15/5 rDev +11%
Sampled on-tap at Andy's Corner Bar.
This hefeweizen poured a hazy, golden color with white foam that settled. The smell was banana, cloves, toasted coconut, malt, and a hint of citrus. The taste was malty with modest clove phenols and a light fruitiness (bananas and lemons). The mouthfeel was smooth with a tanginess. The body was medium-full with low carbonation. The finish was tangy and citrusy. This was a good, enjoyable hefeweizen.
12-09-2006 07:26:30 | More by UncleJimbo
4.55/5 rDev +21.7%
This beer poured to form a thick off-white head that slowly diminishes over a cloudy yellow brew, appearing inviting as an old world style wheat. Clove and spice with some banana esters appear in the nose. Light wheat dough accents citrus as yeast permeates the aroma.
Initially I detect a light sweet-tart wheat malt flowing through as the soft carbonation fizzes out to reveal another wheat malt flavor slightly sweet and flavorful.
With this flavor and a medium to full body and creamy palate Ramstein Blonde is easily a favorite in my opinion, from a person who first tasted a German wheat in the early 1970's.
11-07-2006 03:02:10 | More by outdoorbrewer
4/5 rDev +7%
Poured a cloudy light copper hue with a three finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.
The smell featured a nice banana and clove aroma with a touch of lemon zest.
The taste consisted of a good wheat body, with some chewy yeast and a nice lemony finish.
The mouthfeel was good and chewy.
Overall a nice interpretation of the style. Not the best American hefe out there, but good nonetheless.
10-24-2006 16:09:23 | More by plaid75
Ramstein Blonde Wheat Beer from High Point Brewing Company
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